The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, is to offer young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in an international environment. They are employed through Dutch organisations in a number of eligible countries. The programmes aim to rejuvenate the Water & Agrofood sectors and ensure the continued availability of expertise for these sectors.

The YEP Programmes are carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Annabelle Poelert - YEP Water at in Kenya

Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Mantegaftote Damtew

Where is he now? Sales Agronomist at Balton Ethiopia

Young Expert at Soil & More International B.V. - Ethiopia

YEP period 2014 - 2015, batch 4

YEP Role

Through the Young Expert Programme Water I was working as a Technical Manager at Soil and More Ethiopia in Ziway. Soil & More Ethiopia engages in the production and sales of high quality compost in Ethiopia. The project planned to process 50,000MT of green waste from the flower farms into compost. Soil & More is a social company and we were working together with different NGO's to provide sustainability services to (smallholder) farmers. Our mission is to measurably improve the sustainability performance of agricultural production systems and global supply-chains and to promote and support a sustainable development towards healthy soils, healthy products, and healthy people.


Click here for more information about my project.



I am an agronomist working on every aspects of agriculture special on horticulture and on natural resources management.



Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: Diploma in General Agriculture and  following Bsc program in correspondence program


Experience before YEP

In Menshen for menshen foundation project I was working on different fields of agriculture specially on vegetable production, natural resource management, Ipm, giving trainings, etc.

In jittu horticulture plc I was working as Nursery manager and Assistant farm manager.

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